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NAQ 2019: Chat with Denver Ground Control


An epic weekend in Aberdeen, Scotland for the European leg of the qualifiers saw Kamiquadz and Manneken Beasts gain a spot in the Champs. Sadly, the Beasts were forced to decline their invitation, but the Kamis will form part of the top twelve teams who will face off at the MRDA Championships co-hosted by Denver Roller Derby, October 11 – 13.

We’re now a moments away from NAQ 2019 which sees Denver Ground Control, Mohawk Valley Roller Derby, Lane County Concussion, Philadelphia Hooligans, Austin Anarchy, Chicago Bruise Brothers, Race City Rebels and Toronto Roller Derby battle it out for the final few spots. The event, which is co-hosted by Mohawk Valley Roller Derby, takes place this weekend in Rome, New York.

Next up Denver Ground Control skater Troy Ferguson, AKA Pint of No Return, looks back at 2019.

What has been your MRDA highlight for 2019?

I think our highlight was how well we played together against Bridgetown. They have always been a big milestone for us and being able to nearly take them down with smiles on our faces was really good for us

Have any moments stood out personally for you? 

Nothing in particular other than having a far better headspace than I did last year. I really wanted to work on that for the 2019 season.

What does it mean to be a part of NAQ?

Being a part of NAQ means that not only have I proven that I am good enough to be there but so has my team. We are steadily moving up and it feels amazing.

What will you be working on during the tournament?

During the tournament I will be working on staying positive and trusting my team.

Who are you personally looking forward to facing on track and why? 

I really want to play Anarchy. I started learning how to rollerskate when I had moved to Austin and I consider a lot of them friends.

Who’s the one to watch on your team? 

The one to watch is Dom Lenzo. He has something to prove. Just kidding he just really wants to skate with his boys again.

If there was an award for ‘outstanding contribution’ behind the scenes in your league, who would get it and why?

Pete Broderick, he does a lot for this team. Sometimes he asks for help and sometimes I offer but really, he is the one that does a lot for us.

Photo Credit: Benna